I stayed two nights after several days in jungle areas and it was a perfect place to pamper myself before leaving Sri Lanka. The setting with the view on the bay of Colombo from the pool area and restaurant are outstanding, the old colonial charm very attractive. My room was nice and new -- when I made the booking I made sure to check on line which ones had been renovated after reading on this site some were older. I really regretted the absence of a bathtub but the bedding was top grade and super comfy. My room was#205, on the second floor in the wing right off the reception desk. Some doors slammed noisily in the area, but not at late night. Those "ocean view" rooms actually look to the sea from the side, and not straight out to the open of the ocean. One should be aware there's a train track along the shore right by the hotel, and from this floor one could hear very loud noises of trains rolling by in the morning. The buffet dinner was great value with a large selection of sri lankan and international dishes, including salads. The buffet breakfast also offered great choice and quality. I have no complaints about service, I have found it friendly and attentionate -- but you can tell they lack training. One young lady at reception told me I would have to pay "an extra night" because I was leaving at 5am and wanted to check out the night before. Turns out she apparently thought I was trying to get out of paying my full stay... I didn't mind as I was just having a really good time, though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With a history spanning over 200 years, Mount Lavinia Hotel Colombo is one of the oldest hotels in Sri Lanka. This premier colonial heritage hotel in Colombo has earned a reputation over the years for its magnificent structure and ambiance, the old world charm which harks back to the grandeur of old Ceylon, a romantic legacy left by the colonial Governor General who used it as his residence, the exceptional service offered by its well-trained staff and its popularity as a venue for weddings. ... more less
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